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Nautilus's thumbnail cache in ~/.thumbnails has grown to several hundred megabytes.

Do I need to be concerned about unrestricted growth of this in the long term, or is its size automatically managed somehow?

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    If you want more space delete it, if you want more speed dont delete it :) – Tachyons Mar 20 '12 at 13:56
  • @tachyons When? – ændrük Mar 20 '12 at 14:00
  • While using nautilus – Tachyons Mar 20 '12 at 14:03
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Thumbnail cache is limited to 512MB, so several hundred megabytes sounds logical. It also shouldn't keep files older then 180 days.

If you want to change it, try gconf-editor, /desktop/gnome/thumbnail_cache.

Image showing maximum_size and maximum_age options for thumbnail_cache

Exactly the same solution is aplicable to 12.04. You may need to install gconf-editor, other then that, nothing has changed.

Update

For 14.04 you need to install dconf-tools, and launch dconf-editor.

  • Thanks .can i manually change 180 days to 30 day? – Tachyons Mar 20 '12 at 14:13
  • See the edit above. :~) – mikewhatever Mar 20 '12 at 15:10
  • @mikewhatever can you add the info I have about how "it will not cache files above a certain size limit"? If you do then I can delete my answer, which has no up/down votes and is thus useless. – RolandiXor Sep 16 '12 at 22:58
  • It has one now. :~) I think your answer should stay, as it also provides a good alternative of using Ubuntu Tweak. A lot of people will have it installed before they even hear about gconf-editor. – mikewhatever Sep 16 '12 at 23:02
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It's size is automatically managed, because it has a built in limit of 512MB by default, and deletes thumbnails older than 180days. It will not cache files above a certain size limit either:

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If you want to manage its settings, you can use Ubuntu-Tweak (See how to install it here: How do I install Ubuntu-Tweak?):
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As it is mentioned in an above answer, for 14.04 dconf editor from dconf-tools should be used. However, I only found the key under

org.gnome.desktop.thumbnail-cache

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